Training. I have finally started some sort of training for the Avon Walk-a-Thon. Last Saturday, I went walking at a park near my house. The sign says “Bike Path 1 and ¼ mile” but I didn’t know if that meant the entire bike path or just the circular area where the sign was. Basically, the bike/walk path is kinda of a like a figure 8 and one area is separated by trees. So I don’t know if the whole thing was 1 mile and change, or just one circle. In any case, I think I walked approximately 4+ miles in the span of one hour. So that’s pretty good. But my shins hurt like a mofo. I can’t imagine how much I’ll be hurting after Day 1 of the walk-a-thon. In any case, I’m going to try to walk at least 3 times a week. Long walks on Saturdays, and a couple of miles during the workdays. Hopefully, it’ll stop raining by this week so I can actually do some walking outdoors. I also bought some new kicks for the walk. Avon recommended a size larger than your usual to give room for swelling, so I got some size 8 kicks from Lady Foot Locker.
Happy 30th Birthday. Mark and I went to Brother Jimmy’s Bait Shack on Monday to celebrate a friend’s 30th birthday. It was very cool and low-key and it was great to see a whole bunch of people I haven’t seen in a while.
Painting. I finished doing one coat of paint in our dining room. It looks pretty nifty already. I chose Benjamin Moore’s “Poppy” for the walls and I’ll be painting the ceiling and trims white. We also plan on putting crown molding on the ceilings. I’m doing the second-coat this weekend, or at least after the hubs finishes spackling one of the walls. [We didn’t know one of the walls would look patchy (we have primed it, after all) until after the first coat of paint.] So whenever that’s done, I’ll do the second coat. I’m also going to do a yellow-orange glaze over the wall to give it that “rustic-Tuscany look”. We’ll see. I haven’t tried faux-finishing before so I have to test it out on one area first. Otherwise, I think the red looks great by itself. Next step is saving up money to buy a dining set to put in there.